[uh-sem-blij; for 3, 4 also French a-sahn-blazh]
- a group of persons or things gathered or collected; an assembly; collection; aggregate.
- the act of assembling; state of being assembled.
- Fine Arts.
- Archaeology. the aggregate of artifacts and other remains found on a site, considered as material evidence in support of a theory concerning the culture or cultures inhabiting it.
Origin of assemblage
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- a number of things or persons assembled together; collection; assembly
- a list of dishes served at a meal or the dishes themselves
- the act or process of assembling or the state of being assembled
- (ˌæsəmˈblɑːʒ) a three-dimensional work of art that combines various objects into an integrated whole
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
c.1704, from French assemblage "gathering, assemblage," from assembler (see assemble). Earlier English words in the same sense include assemblement, assemblance (both late 15c.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A collection of artifacts from a single datable component of an archaeological site. Depending on the site and culture, an assemblage may be associated with a single limited activity, as with stone tools found at a butchering site, or may reflect a broad range of cultural life, as with artifacts that are found in a communal living site.
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